Only The Stork Knows…
On the beach, Maria is having contractions of a fairly serious nature. Tony tries to get her to the car, but the contractions are too severe for Maria to walk. She is doing a very good job of breathing through her contractions. Tony tries to call for an ambulance, only to discover he has no cel signal.
Tony figures he should go for help, but this panics Maria, and she asks him not to leave her. Tony knows they have to get Maria off the beach before the tide comes in. He carries her upland, and Ozzie leads the way. Tony finds a manger of sorts, a little beach shack, which he hastily rearranges to accommodate Maria. He asks if she’s ever see the movie, “Ice Cold in Alex“ and adds, “only I could murder a beer right now,” John, more for the inherent irony list.
Maria’s contractions worsen, and Tony discovers he now has a phone signal. He calls for an ambulance, and the emergency services asks him to remain on the line…as he might have to deliver the baby himself. Maria balks at having the baby in the beach shack, but soon realizes there are no options.
Maria bravely continues on, encouraged by Tony, who tells her she’s survived worse than this. “Do it for the baby…do it for Liam,” he tells her, and she pushes onward. We see scenes of waving beach grass and rolling waves to the tune of Maria’s birthing howls.
“Poosh,” Tony tells her. A big push reveals the baby’s head. Tony has begun to do contraction breathing as well. The baby emerges, and Tony whips off his t-shirt to catch the newest little Connor. The baby cries healthily as Tony places him into Maria’s arms. “This is the world,” she weeps tears of joy over her son.
The ambulance arrives and prepares to take Maria and son to the hospital. Tony apologizes for not being a better helper; Maria says she would have wished for no other. Maria asks Tony to ride in the ambulance. A kindly dog-walker they had met at the outset of their walk is present, with her pug, Max. She offers to babysit Ozzie and gives Tony her number. The dog walker wishes Tony and his “wife” her best, and Tony does not correct her. At the hospital, Tony prepares to take a picture of Maria and the baby. Maria asks him to be in the picture too.
Samia Smith, who plays Coronation Street’s Maria Connor has given birth to a little girl.
Samia’s first child was born at 10 am on Monday 19 October weighing 7lb 2oz. Samia and her husband Matthew have named their little girl, Freya.
Samia first discovered she was pregnant at the same time as her character Maria was pregnant with Liam Connor’s baby. (ed. note: Samia gives real-life birth 4 months after this episode, in which Baby Connor is delivered by the muderer.)
Only The Pigeons Know
Jack and Connie are standing in Dev’s, trying to figure out what to do for the evening. They consider the pictures, and Jack says the first film he took Vera to see was ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’. He goes on to add, “they were stopping her all the way out for autographs!” Just kidding, he chuckles. They decide instead to go to the dog races with Molly and Tyrone. Molly goes later to the garage and invites Tyrone to the dog races. Tyrone agrees to start giving Jack and Connie a chance. He disappears into the back of the garage to make tea, and Molly slyly tells Kevin that she’ll find a way to bail, and call him when the coast is clear.
Jack, Connie and Tyrone wait for Molly to come home. Molly comes in, faking a banging headache. She says there’s no way she can go to the dog races. Tyrone offers to stay home with her, but she says she’s just going to bed so he may as well go. As soon as they are gone, she whips out her phone.
Meanwhile, over at the Websters, Sally, Sophie and Ben return with the great news that Ben has won the swim meet, and they’ve come back home to scoop up Kevin for pizza with Ben’s parents. Kevin is dressed up like a midlife Chachi, with his shirt half-unbuttoned and dress slacks. When Sally notices, he says he’s going to the Rovers. Looking like a hoochy-papa. Sally freshens up in the mirror and bemoans the lines on her face. “I look like a bird table on a snowy morning,” she says, thinking she looks every minute of her 42 years. “Yep,” says Kevin, not listening at all. “Thanks very much,” Sally tells him, “You’re no Peter Pan yourself! You’re looking more and more like your dad every day!” Hardly the type of talk that leads to a rekindled romance. Kevin whines that he’s too tired to go and doesn’t want to eat.
At the Dobbs’, Molly has laid out candles and wine, and changed… WHOA. Candles??? Wine??? This is not creating ambiance, it’s creating evidence!! What happens if Jack gets indigestion or it rains or something?
Only The Jailbirds Know
The Windasses are leaving to see Gary in prison. Anna is a bag of nerves. Eddie reminds her that Gary seeing his mom in a state won’t improve anything. At the prison, Gary apologizes to his parents that they have to come and visit him in jail. He claims he has turned over a new leaf, and says that crime got Len nowhere either. He figures he’ll never get a good job now that’s he’s a convict.
In the pub, Steve approaches Becky, having decided he owes her an apology. He says he’ll make a bigger effort with Snail. “It’s Slug!” she corrects him, “Neil.” Steve says that he wants to ring the registry office and get a new date for their wedding. Becky jumps ecstatically into his arms yelling, “I’m going to be a summer bride!” Neil Slug comes in then, and Steve serves him an orange and lemonade. Although he has supposedly turned a new leaf, Slug still sports a nasty expression that would curdle milk. He and Steve trade jealous little barbs over Becky. Steve goes to pick Amy up. Slug points out that Becky has some baggage with Steve. Becky assures him that Amy is tops.
Tina catches up with Jason and thanks him for sending her the rose. They both figure out that it’s David that sent the flowers. Tina presses on with her assorted range of new hairstyles.
Jason and Sean hit the gym. In short order, Sean sets his eye on a fit young man rowing and immediately begins hamming around and showing off. Jason wants to put him on the chest press machine, and Sean wants to press the same weight Jason does. Which he can hardly budge. He jumps up and says, “you can really feel the burn, can’t you?” Cute rowing guy smiles.
In the Kabin, Emily tells Norris and Ramsay that she has a lack of volunteers for the church social. Ramsay enthusiastically jumps in, saying he runs a mean tombola (raffle).